Bushfire incident management team decision making

McLennan, J., Holgate, Alina, Omodei, M. and Wearing, A. 2005, Bushfire incident management team decision making, in Proceedings of the 40th APS Annual Conference 28 September - 2 October 2005, Melbourne Vic : past reflections, future directions, Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 183-187.

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Title Bushfire incident management team decision making
Author(s) McLennan, J.
Holgate, Alina
Omodei, M.
Wearing, A.
Conference name Australian Psychological Society. Conference (40th : 2005 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Level 11, 257 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Conference dates 28 Sept.-2 Oct. 2005
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the 40th APS Annual Conference 28 September - 2 October 2005, Melbourne Vic : past reflections, future directions
Editor(s) Katsikitis, Mary
Publication date 2005
Conference series Australian Psychological Society Conference
Start page 183
End page 187
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary Large scale bushfire (or wildfire) suppression activities are conducted under the control of an Incident Management Team (IMT) comprising four major functions: Command, Operations, Planning, and Logistics. Four methodologies were used to investigate processes determining the effectiveness of IMT decision making activities: (a) laboratory experiments using the Networked Fire Chief computer simulation program; (b) analyses of reports of significant fires; (c) structured interviews with experienced IMT staff; and, (d) cognitive ethnographic studies of IMTs. Three classes of team processes were found to be important determinants of IMT effectiveness: information sharing and management; matching of the four component function goals to overall IMT goals; and monitoring of the overall IMT situation to detect and correct task disruptive processes. Several non-rational processes with the potential for hindering IMT effectiveness were noted. Team metacognition emerged as a key process for understanding effective IMT decision making.
ISBN 0909881278
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009712

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